REV Susan Brandt

REV Susan Brandt

Rev, Susan Brandt

Rev, Susan Brandt

REV Susan Brandt brings extensive life and professional experiences to her ministry. Acclaimed as a community worker and spiritual leader, national and international public speaker, teacher and holistic healer, Susan is also a published author, videographer / photographer and artist.

As one who has witnessed and experienced much suffering here in Canada and through Third World humanitarian work, she has a tremendous capacity to journey alongside those who seek skilled, compassionate healing and education.

Susan Brandt has founded and was the Executive Director of a non profit agency [ Ottawa Inner-city Ministries] for 15 years which continues to serve the homeless community today.

Ottawa Life magazine named her Ottawa’s Woman of Integrity, by National Reuters Press and the Ottawa Citizen newspaper she was named Ottawa’s Mother Theresa and the YMCA nominated her for the Women of Distinction Award. Susan has been the recipient of numerous educational grants and awards.

Her eclectic foundation in psychology, nursing, criminology, social work, spirituality and creative arts enhances her ability to assist individuals or groups of people with a variety of difficulties through counseling, workshops and education in a creative and clinically sound manner. Serving the homeless and released offender community for over 30 years currently she is clinical therapist at Street Level consulting services.

Susan runs a private practice -one on one counseling [fee $100 per hour] if there is financial hardship this can be taken into consideration

An international conference speaker  Susan also lectures and presents classes on issues related to sexual violence/trauma, addiction and issues relating to released offenders and those experiencing homelessness.

RESUME

CAPABILITIES
• Compassionate, creative and skilled health professional
• Excellent written, verbal and public speaking abilities
• Proven leadership and multi-tasking organizational experience
• Experience offering services with individuals and families of differing abilities, backgrounds and cultures
• Experienced and effective group facilitator and educator
• Committed to lifelong learning

EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
• Certified Trauma Therapist * Hincks-Dellcrest Trauma Centre Toronto 2007
• Diploma in Restorative Justice * Queens University 2005
• Ordained Clergy with ECC * Ontario Bible College 1997
• Alberta Marriage Officiate * License # 14025
• Expressive Art Therapy * Algonquin College 1999
• Trauma Therapy * St. Paul’s University 1993
• Internationally Certified Addiction Counselor *Algonquin College 1990
• Internationally Certified Clinical Supervisor * CACCF 2007
• RPN Nurse (Retired Ont.) * Civic Hospital, Ottawa 1975
• First Aid, Defibrillator, CPR * St John Ambulance 2011
• Non Violent Crisis intervention Certification * CWES 2011
• ASIST suicide prevention * CWES 2011
• Numerous educational diplomas/certificates * will produce on demand

EMPLOYMENT HISTORY
Private Practice: Street Level Counseling and Consulting  –  offering individual and group therapy –conference and seminar speaker- consultation to social service- health service agencies and the Christian community 2003-present
Trauma Counselor [p/t] CCASA Sexual Assault Response Team 2003-present

RECENT CONTRACTS:
Trauma consultant ALPHA house Shelter 2013-present
Trauma addiction therapist Boys and Girls club homeless teens 2009-2014
Trauma addiction therapist Servants Anonymous-sex exploitation recovery
Program 2007-2011
Program Developer-Women’s Emergency Shelter developed and then established family
violence court support program 2007-2011
PRIOR FULL TIME EMPLOYMENT

ADDICTIONS Manager / Clinical Supervisor /Salvation Army [Calgary] 2004-2007
• Created the addiction recovery programming a 44 bed residential addiction recovery center for homeless and post incarcerated men {Drug Court] • Carried a client caseload, provided psycho educational programming, group and individual therapy
• Provided staff development, overall management of programming, trained and evaluated staff, and practicum students

Founder/ Executive Director/Counselor Ottawa Innercity Ministries 1986–2003
• Founded a non-profit agency providing outreach services to those experiencing addiction, homelessness, trauma and mental illness.
• Organization offered services such as 3 street nursing clinics, street outreach 24/7, a day programming center. Counseling, resources, housing
• Planned, implemented and evaluated services of the organization
• Maintained an individual counseling case load
• Facilitated psycho educational and addiction groups for community, and schools and universities
• Involved in advocacy and social justice community work
• Conference speaker [locally, nationally, internationally] • Fulfilled the role of street chaplain offering grief care
• Recruited, trained and evaluated staff, volunteers and practicum students
Creator/Facilitator:
Stay Off the Streets Program used in west Quebec public school system for at risk and street involved teens

Trauma Art therapist:
For abused children in foster care with Children’s Aid Society

Executive Director/Clinical Supervisor Day program
Centre 507 Homeless Center

Public Health Nursing/Community health Educator:
Ottawa Public Health Dept.
INTERESTS
• Webmaster of www.streetlevelconsulting.ca
Published Author of poetry, short stories, educational curriculum and academic articles
• Accomplished and Award Winning Artist, Sculptor, and Photographer
• Overseas Humanitarian work, [Middle East, Africa, Asia, South America, Europe,] • Creative director and videographer of the Insook Productions film;
Beyond Survival trauma focused care in the homeless community 2012

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS / AWARDS

  • • Nursing Association [Ontario} 1976 – present
    • Canadian Addiction Certification Federation 1990 – present
    • North American Association of Christian Counselors 1990 – present
    • Ordination ECC 1997 – present
    • YMCA Woman of Distinction award 1999
    • Awarded complete scholarship to attend Queen’s University 2002
    • Voted Woman of Integrity by Ottawa Magazine 2003
    • Canadian Congress Criminal justice Achievement Award 2005
    • Nominated DOMESTIC VIOLENCE Selinger achievement award 2008
    • Member of the Alberta coalition against human trafficking……..2011-present

References on request